Portrait Painting Masterclass with Adele Wagstaff

21 January 2017 - 22 January 2017

The New School of Art, Trinity Buoy Wharf, 28 Clipper House, E14 0JW

About the course

This two day Masterclass with Adele Wagstaff focuses on portrait painting and will look at the fundamentals of creating an expressive and painterly portrait. The course will begin with a short introduction when Adele will talk about the ideas behind her own paintings, approaches and techniques, and we will refer to portraiture throughout history to study colour relationships, tonal values, composition and paint application.

You will look at all aspects of making a well composed portrait, from setting up to colour-mixing, and how tone and colour temperature can be used to describe structure, shape and form. Concentrating on the head and shoulders students will begin to refine their ideas of composition through drawing and by making a small-scale tonal study before beginning to work on a painting. There will be one-to-one tuition throughout the two days and the course will end with a group discussion as we look at each others’ work.

Adele’s first book ‘Painting Still Life in Oils’ published by The Crowood Press in 2012, will be available to purchase during the weekend.

About the tutor:

Adele Wagstaff, was born in Yorkshire taking her Foundation Diploma at Doncaster College of Art. She then gained her BA(Hons) Fine Art Painting at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne before moving to London for two years Postgraduate Study at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London where her tutors were Norman Norris and Euan Uglow. She gained a PGCE(PCET) from the University of Greenwich in 2003. Adele was artist in residence at Leighton Park School 1993-4 and she teaches at the Slade School of Fine Art, Putney School of Art and West Dean College.


28 Clipper House, 64 Orchard Place, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London E14 0JW

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